- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Marian Gaborik, Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings
The Kings fought off elimination by doubling up the San Jose Sharks 6-3 and forcing a Game 5 Saturday night at SAP Center. Gaborik and Williams each scored a pair, while Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown recorded two points apiece.
No. 2 Star: Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild
Granlund may have set up Jared Spurgeon's opening goal of the game, but his heroics in the final minute are what helped the Wild edge the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 and even their series 2-2. Leading by a goal and trying to withstand Colorado's desperate attempts to tie the game, Granlund blocked three shots to help preserve the Game 4 victory:
No. 3 Star: Jarome Iginla, Boston Bruins
Iginla scored his first career playoff overtime goal as the Bruins came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Boston now leads the series 3-1 and can close things out Saturday at TD Garden.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Jarome Iginla’s first career playoff overtime goal 13:32 into the extra period gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night and put them a win away from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Despite the surprising news just before puck drop that the flu would relegate Jimmy Howard to backing up Jonas Gustavsson, the Red Wings came out flying in the first period and were rewarded with a 1-0 lead, thanks to new daddy Niklas Kronwall’s power play goal.
Detroit kept the pressure on in the second period as Kronwall’s great game didn’t end with his goal.
Early in the period as the Red Wings controlled play, Kronwall carried the puck to Tuukka Rask’s right and fed Justin Abdelkader in front, whose backhand attempt was then blocked by Matt Bartkowski. Still in stride, the puck popped up to Kronwall behind the net, who then served fellow new daddy Pavel Datsyuk on a platter for a 2-0 lead.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
The Detroit Red Wings are bursting with new life in advance of Game 4.
On the ice, Henrik Zetterberg appears set to return, as coach Mike Babcock has him on the lineup sheet for Thursday night's pivotal contest.
"When I asked him this morning he said he's going to the doctor," Babcock said. "Because we were even talking about it I put him on a line, put him on a power play. The doctors decide, not me. I'm hopeful, but who knows. We'll know at game time, after warm-up."
If he goes, he'll be a welcome addition to a Red Wings' forward corps that's trying to stave off a 3-1 hole to the Bruins before the series returns to Boston.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
On Tuesday, Joey Hishon was skating with the Colorado Avalanche’s Black Aces in Cleveland. Afterward, he was called into the coach’s office and given the news that he was being called up to the NHL.
“I can’t even explain the emotion,” said Hishon on Wednesday after practicing with the Avalanche. “Very anxious, very excited.”
The call-up meant much more than the team needing a new body in the lineup. Thursday’s Game 4 between the Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild will be Hishon’s first NHL game. It’s a debut that’s years in the making and one that was in serious doubt at one point in time.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
After falling behind 2-0 early in Wednesday night's Game 4 versus the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars got on the board thanks to a Jamie Benn goal. They never looked back, scoring thrice more to win the game and even the first round series at two games apiece. Some would probably say Benn's goal kicked off the rally.
But he didn't start the fire. As the Dallas News points out, it wasn't Benn. It was the Rally Belly.
In the stoppage in play just prior to Benn's huge goal, the Dallas cameras found a group of kids up in the stands, one of which immediately lifted his shirt and started doing belly rolls. Proudly. Dedicatedly. Seriously. This kid rolled his belly like the Stars' playoff lives hinged on it.
And it did. Benn scored. Then, six minutes later, Vernon Fiddler scored, at which point the telecast went back to the kid to acknowledge the inspiring presence of the #RallyBelly (and make one Hell of a Goonies reference).Fri, Apr 257:30 PM PDTDallas at AnaheimPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Patrick Kane has scored his share of big goals for the Chicago Blackhawks. Goals that win Stanley Cups in overtime. (Reporter: “Wait, WHAT?!”) Goals that win overtime playoff games. Many, many goals.
Now, not to be that guy but he only punches around five numbers at the most. Of course, the phone’s not even connected, so that’s a moot point.
Kudos to the creators for not having Kane drop 20 cents into the phone, which is totally what we would have done ...Fri, Apr 255:00 PM PDTChicago at St. LouisPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Unable to grow a beard for the playoffs? Upload a photo to the website and create your own Build-a-Beard just like the Puck Daddy staff. [Beard-a-thon]
• Interesting look at the complex relationship between hockey and hitting. Is Matt Cooke just a byproduct of the system? [Silver Seven Sens]
• Eric Duhatschek believe the NHL is better served when Matt Cooke is no longer a part of it. [Globe & Mail]
• In non-Matt Cooke news out of Minnesota, Mikael Granlund's has gone from freshman funk to sophomore sensation. [Aurora Sentinel]
- Yahoo! Sports Staff at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we're bound to lose some friends along the journey. We've asked for these losers, gone but not forgotten, to be eulogized by the people who knew the teams best: The bloggers who hated them the most. Here is hockey writer Brian Palmer, who inexplicably requested the Tampa Bay Lightning. Again, this was not written by us. Also: This is a roast and you will be offended by it, so don't take it so seriously.)
By Brian Palmer
Ten years ago during the halcyon days of the clutch and grab NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning captured the imagination of dozens of Central Floridians and convicted felons with a wild run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Led by opportunistic super fan and advanced stats guru Hulk Hogan (A player’s Hogan Rating is calculated by measuring the ratio of shots directed at the net to leg drops, brother), the Bolts beat the Calgary Flames in 7 games to claim the only Stanley Cup in the franchise’s 22-year history.
“HoganClose rating is the number of Suburban Commando references in the third period of a one goal game”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Rick Tocchet on the Rangers and Flyers.
• Stunners for Stars and Jackets.
• The Matt Cooke suspension.
• The Selke Trophy
• Tonight's playoff action.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
The NHL did a smart thing on Wednesday night.
It wasn’t the Matt Cooke suspension, at least in the eyes of those who feel he got off lightly, but it was the timing of that suspension announcement: Well after the East Coast news cycle, well into that night’s action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Instead of having hockey fans pouring rage all over social media during the day about Cooke’s punishment, the news dropped within hours of two overtime thrillers and a stunning upset in Dallas. Matt Cooke’s suspension was now, at best, the fourth headline of the evening.
That’s not to say fans and media weren’t outraged over the Minnesota Wild forward getting off with an “inadequate” and a “joke” of a suspension. But after predictions ranging from two rounds to the rest of the playoffs, seven games felt … anti-climatic.